Lotus just wrapped up a lengthy tour that took the band to sold-out theaters across the country. Now, they have released a 14-track collection of recordings from the tour titled 86 Revolutions which features songs from their most recent album, Eat the Light, as well music written in the earliest days of the band.
The album title refers to the number of days between the first and last show of the tour. Selected tracks include the second song from the first show of the tour as well as the closing song of the final show, “Umbilical Moonrise,” the first song the band ever wrote and a fan-favorite rarity.
Jesse Miller (bassist) selected the tracks and mixed the album. “We had a new soundboard for this tour, and the multi-track sources sounded great,” he says. “We release all of our shows, but this was an opportunity for me to spend extra time mixing to expose all the layers that build the Lotus sound.”
The collection features several tracks not released on any studio albums including “Expired Slang” and “The Opus” as well as covers of Lindstrøm's “Rà-àkõ-st” and the Talking Head's “Moon Rocks.” There is a healthy dose of the group improvisation Lotus is known for.
“After all these years playing improvised music with Lotus there are still moments that surprise me - completely unplanned turns in the music that all five of us make simultaneously,” said Miller.
Lotus is composed of Mike Greenfield (Drums), Jesse Miller (Bass, Sampler), Luke Miller (Guitar, Keys), Mike Rempel (Guitar) and Chuck Morris (Percussion).
1. Debris 8:39
2. Anti-Gravity feat. Oriel Poole > 10:22
3. Livingston Storm 13:26
4. Sleep When We Are Dead 6:12
5. Expired Slang 10:56
6. When Our Nerves No Longer Twitch 6:10
7. Neon Tubes Part I > 6:26
8. Slow Cookin' > 7:47
9. Neon Tubes Part II 4:19
10. The Opus 9:17
11. Rà-Àkõ-St 7:20
12. Blacklight Sunflare 7:52
13. Moon Rocks 9:01
14. Umbilical Moonrise 11:40